There are 6 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne by train, bus, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern Ece

$75 - $130

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Lucerne Francfort-sur-le-Main > Mannheim > Karlsruhe > Stuttgart > Singen > Winterthur > Zurich > Lucerne > Milan > Turin - Gare routière / ...

$13 - $35

4 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  3 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 26 / ...

$82 - $146

Train via Zürich HB  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Zürich HB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Zürich HB to Luzern 70

$99 - $168

Drive  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Lucerne 179.6 miles

$35 - $55

Bus, fly, train  •  4 h 41 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Zurich (ZRH) STR - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$81 - $258

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Lucerne, Switzerland?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Karlsruhe to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $75 - $130 and the journey takes 2 h 55 min. Alternatively, Ouibus operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Lucerne every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $13 - $19 and the journey takes 6 h 20 min. FlixBus also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Zürich HB
Ave. Duration
2 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich HB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$23 - $45
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Trenitalia Eurocity
Bus operators
Ouibus
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Karlsruhe to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Karlsruhe to Luzern
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Karlsruhe to Lucerne?

The distance between Karlsruhe and Lucerne is 218 km. The road distance is 287 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne?

The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne is to bus which costs 11€ - 29€ and takes 6 h 20 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne?

The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne is to drive which takes 2 h 40 min and costs 30€ - 45€.

Is there a direct train between Karlsruhe and Lucerne?

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Luzern. Services depart once daily. The journey takes approximately 2 h 55 min.

Is there a direct bus between Karlsruhe and Lucerne?

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe and arriving at Lucerne. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 20 min.

How long does it take to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne?

The train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern takes 2 h 55 min including transfers and departs once daily.